Created: 02/19/2014 6:01 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond
Greece native Ryan Callahan’s father Michael was at his Greece home watching Team USA. Four years ago, his son was close to winning an Olympic gold medal.
At 28-years-old, Callahan has risen to the top of his profession and this year, became a two-time Olympian, but for his dad, he’s simply a humble kid from Rochester.
Michael Callahan, Ryan’s dad, said, “I don't look at him as captain of the New York Rangers or an NHL player. Ryan is Ryan to me. So that's his profession. He's doing extremely well at it. Certainly an honor that he's achieved and I know he savors it.”
Four years later, Callahan is back in the red, white and blue. Now representing the U.S. and western New York in Sochi, Ryan's dad says the taste of defeat is all the motivation the 2014 squad needs.
Callahan said, “I think the leadership team as well as the 3/4 of the team that came back had that taste. They were there; they were a goal away from the gold medal and winning in overtime.”
The young boy who once pretended to play on the biggest stage in hockey is now fulfilling that dream for a second time.
Callahan said, “I guess the best part is he's representing the country and it's the whole Rochester area that is being representing as well. It isn't just Ryan.”